1.         Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works (Chile) (C 1178ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2005

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2005-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/5014

Corrective measures identified

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/5014

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/5014

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1178/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2007-2015)
Total amount approved: USD 135,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1178/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

October 2004: ICOMOS evaluation mission; May 2007: World Heritage Centre site visit; April 2010: Joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1178/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016

On 19 February 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, a summary of which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1178/documents.

The State Party reports that, thanks to the World Heritage “Post Earthquake 2014 Emergency Assistance for Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works”, new priority interventions were designed and adapted following the 2014 earthquake. A registry of general damages to the constructive systems and materiality of 36 structures has been completed. Transfer of knowledge of traditional construction techniques to architecture students of the University Arturo Prat was incorporated in this project and two emergency interventions will be undertaken in 2016.

The definition of the buffer zone and the regulatory measures to ensure its adequate protection is ongoing and once concluded, a submission will be made in accordance with the Operational Guidelines.

The State Party is committed to continue the implementation of the corrective measures that will contribute to reach the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR). The National Monuments Council will appoint a professional to support this process and additional collaboration has been made available from the National Centre for Conservation and Restoration.

The report includes an assessment of the progress made in the 2014-2015 period in the implementation of the corrective measures. This includes:

Among the activities to be carried out in 2016 are:

Finally, the State Party indicates that the President of the Republic of Chile submitted the legal texts for the creation of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage to the National Congress.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

It should be recalled that the State Party had to respond to major damages caused by a severe earthquake in 2014. In spite of this, the State Party is committed to implement the corrective measures according to the timeframe established at the 37th session of the Committee (Phnom Penh, 2013).

The information on the progress in the creation of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage is noted with interest.

It should also be noted that important progress has been made in the implementation of the corrective measures, thanks to the allocation of dedicated staff and resources, sound planning and the collaboration of institutions at all levels of government. The participation of the University Arturo Prat is of particular interest to transfer knowledge about management and conservation to architecture students.

It is recommended that the Committee commend the State Party for its commitment to implement the corrective measures in a timely manner and encourage the State Party to continue these efforts in order to advance in the achievement of the DSOCR, as adopted by the Committee at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013).

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 7A.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/7A,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7A.45, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Commends the State Party for its commitment to the full and timely implementation of the corrective measures and for the progress made in a period in which the State Party also had to respond to severe damages caused by the earthquake of 2014;
  4. Acknowledges that the allocation of dedicated staff and resources, efficient planning and coordination among national and local institutions are key factors in the successful implementation of the corrective measures, and particularly welcomes the participation of the University Arturo Prat as a means to transmit knowledge of traditional construction techniques and materials of the property to the young generation of architecture students;
  5. Encourages the State Party to continue the implementation of the corrective measures with the aim to achieve the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) within the established framework;
  6. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2017, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017;
  7. Decides to retain Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works (Chile) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 8C.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC/16/40.COM/7A, WHC/16/40.COM/7A.Add and WHC/16/40.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: